Vega Jane has never left the village of Wormwood. But this isn't unusual -- nobody has ever left the village of Wormwood. At least not until Quentin Herms is chased into the Quag, a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and murderous Outliers, leaving behind a very dangerous trail of clues that only Vega can decode. She is determined to uncover the truth -- but the closer she gets, the more she realizes that an even greater threat exists within the walls of Wormwood. New York Times bestselling author, David Baldacci, introduces us to an unforgettable heroine who must think fast, look close, and defy all odds in her fight to do what's right. Ages 10 to 14.